WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gay /geɪ/USA pronunciation adj., -er, -est,n. 

adj. 
  • having or showing a merry, lively mood:in gay spirits.
  • bright, showy, or attractive:gay colors.
  • [often: be + ~] homosexual.
  • [before a noun] indicating or relating to homosexual interests or issues:a gay organization.

  • n. [countable]
  • a homosexual person, esp. a male.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    gay /ɡeɪ/ adj
    1. homosexual
    2. of or for homosexuals: a gay club
    3. carefree and merry: a gay temperament
    4. brightly coloured; brilliant: a gay hat
    5. given to pleasure, esp in social entertainment: a gay life
    n
    1. a homosexual
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French gai, from Old Provençal, of Germanic origin

    ˈgayness n USAGE
    Gayness is the word used to refer to homosexuality. The noun which refers to being carefree and merry is gaiety




    Gay /ɡeɪ/ n
    1. John. 1685–1732, English poet and dramatist; author of The Beggar's Opera (1728)



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